Bottled Up Designs
“Reduce • Reuse • Recycle” has become a popular mantra for the environmental movement, and we’re always looking for companies that embody this eco-friendly ideal as well as ways to embrace it in our own lives. One of my favorite travel memories is of my lady and I combing a beach in Curacao for colorful shards of sea glass, which we later polished to get rid of rough edges and drilled to make necklaces for her and my daughter.
Laura Bergman, “reclaim artist” and founder of Bottled Up Designs has taken that concept several steps further, building a whole web-based business around rummaging through old bottle dumps near her home in Pennsylvania’s Amish country, then creating gorgeous works of art from the antique broken glass she finds there. From delicate pastels of pink and green to bold blue and white China patterns, Berman’s beautiful necklaces, earrings, vases, platters and Christmas ornaments find wonder in waste, some of which dates back to the Great Depression. We’ve got to love any company that takes the “Reuse” ethos to such sublime heights of creative inspiration! –Bret Love
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